Largest Solar Flare 2014

At 00.49 GMT on April 12th, a huge sunspot released a massive X4.9-class flare – the largest of 2014. Thankfully, it appeared on the sun’s southeastern limb, and did not impact satellites or radio communication. Spaceweather.com said: “Radio emissions from shock waves at the leading edge of the cornoal mass ejection (CME) suggest an expansion velocity near 2000 km/s or 4.4 million mph. If such a fast-moving cloud did strike Earth, the resulting geomagnetic storms could be severe. However, because its trajectory is so far off the sun-Earth line, the CME will deliver a glancing blow, at best.” Continue reading for more.

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